The future of workspace design

Is it any surprise that people are looking for more inspiring interiors within the workplace?

If that wasn’t apparent pre-CoVID-19, it sure is at the forefront of commercial workspace design post-pandemic.

After months of working from home, where the lines between personal and work space merged, the expectation of what a workspace should look like has fundamentally changed. The process of moving away from dull, drab, cubicle-filled office spaces has been accelerated by the CoVID-19 pandemic, and people are looking towards a more open plan mind-set with agile spaces to suit their needs and give employees plenty of room to breathe. Employees are seeking more social interaction to help cultivate skills, collaborate & learn; something which cannot be matched by working from home.

It was very evident at this year’s Workspace Design Show that there is a big shift in the mentality towards the office environment.

Now more than ever there is an increased focus on the ‘office experience’. People crave rich engaging spaces that give them the freedom to thrive and excel in their work. A lot of the conversations we had at the Workspace Design Show were centred around this concept.

The Workspace Design Show 2021

To future-proof workspaces, designers need to design spaces that are based predominantly around an open floor-plan, which is adaptable and can be easily reconfigured to suit a wide variety of different working styles. There is also a heightened focus on the need for adaptable, multi-purpose furniture, appliances and finishes.

The next generation of talent are making their career decisions based around a company’s values, which can evidently be seen in how the company treats their staff and designs their working environment.

How do you solve a problem like a boring office space?
– at Amron, it’s solved by listening.

At Amron Architectural, we’re lucky to work with such a broad spectrum of people across the industry. We have placed ourselves in the best position that enables us to offer not only our products but also our expert advice. We believe that encouraging open and honest conversations is the way forward; the majority of our inspiration for new products & solutions comes from these discussions with clients.

We have recognised there are endless innovative ways in which our meshes can be utilised other than the traditional applications, such as car radiator grilles, and our product offering has grown exponentially in recent years. The wide variety of meshes and chains that are available and the variety of diverse finishes mean that our customers can design creative environments that are stimulating and sustainable.

With the popularity of open plan living & working on the up, we are seeing a rise in demand for our woven & expanded meshes being used as partitioning, keeping the airflow but also giving a feeling of division to areas where privacy is needed. We are also supplying more delicate meshes that are laminated in glass and being used in furniture or as room dividers to build transparent meeting rooms.

Mesh laminated in glass, interior workspace design
Metal mesh laminated in glass allows fine metal fabrics to be used in areas where they might never have been before.

Mesh is also becoming the ceiling material of choice for commercial interiors, in keeping with the industrial style that’s trendy right now. It’s brilliant for keeping good airflow and making a feature of the ceiling space – particularly with some impressive powder coating finishes now available to us. You can really make a statement.

Aluminium meshes, such as our AC500 cloud ceiling system, are ideal for creating a lightweight but durable ceiling structure.

Powder coated mesh workspace design
Powder coated mesh solutions create a novel commercial ceiling feature.

At Amron Architectural, we’re proud to offer a wide range of innovative products, and the wealth of technical knowledge that our team have within the industry allows us to react quickly to trends and continue to creatively fulfil design briefs.

We have built an exceptional, dedicated and personable team behind the brand that are passionate about what they do and how they do it – it’s not just luck that Amron has had exponential growth over the last couple of years, it’s down to the hard work & devotion of the whole team.

Kriskadecor metal ceiling drapery at the new Swansea Arena

The workplace of the future is going to centre around collaboration, with break-out areas replacing board rooms and flexible layouts permitting multiple configurations.

With companies no longer requiring all employees to work from the office five days a week, ‘hot desk’ plans will replace dedicated individual desks, and smart technology choices will give options to add more flexibility to an employee’s working day.

Meetings over video calling platforms, which have been around for years in more rudimentary forms and which were essential to keep a business running while teams were in lockdown, are now more commonly used and are being integrated more effectively into flexible working arrangements. Increased internet speeds and free video calling platforms mean that the barrier to entry is now virtually nil, and workspaces with dedicated facilities for remote and office-based employees to collaborate in real-time are becoming ever more popular. Video conference calling technology, larger screens that teams can use for meetings, and portable laptops that enable employees to perform their role from anywhere are all essential to future ways of working.

The opportunities that these working practices bring for designing inspiring, architecturally interesting and sustainable workspaces are exciting, and for us, the future can’t come soon enough.

Amron Architectural are members of the FIS, a community for businesses and people in the finishes and interiors sector.

You can connect with Jonathan Reed on LinkedIn, Anthony Millington on LinkedIn and Shannon Stewart on LinkedIn, and find out more about Amron Architectural and their wide range of mesh-based automotive, architectural and interior workspace design solutions by visiting their website: www.amronarchitectural.co.uk

Bonus content!

Peter Comerford from Comton Group accompanied Amron Architectural to the Workspace Design Show, and put together a short VLOG to give his perspective of the show.

About the author

Latest articles

Featured article
  • Women with Metal

    Women with Metal

    It’s been 7 weeks since the first Women with Metal event and the 2nd edition of this sell out conference has already been booked top take place on 29 October 2024. Kirsty is increasing the size and scale of the event and has booked a hall at the ICC Birmingham for year 2 with the…

    Read article →

  • Organized Crime Drives Metal Theft Epidemic: UK Economy Loses Half a Billion Annually.

    Organized Crime Drives Metal Theft Epidemic: UK Economy Loses Half a Billion Annually.

    A newly released report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Metal, Stone, and Heritage reveals that metal theft orchestrated by organized crime groups is costing the UK economy a staggering half a billion pounds each year. The comprehensive study, titled “Tackling Metal Theft,” exposes a rising trend in metal-related crimes since 2019, amounting to a…

    Read article →

  • Van Leeuwen: The Energy Project

    Van Leeuwen: The Energy Project

    In December 2021 Jill Clements told me about the Energy Project that had been signed off by Van Leeuwen UK. Jill was animated when talking about the news, and excitedly explained the potential that this opened up to her and the team. “I am very excited about it. I am really happy that finally we…

    Read article →

  • Drywall Steel Sections Secures £9.5 Million WMCA Investment

    Drywall Steel Sections Secures £9.5 Million WMCA Investment

    £13 million was all it took for a family run manufacturing business to make a monumental transformation in the historic heart of the steel industry! Drywall Steel Sections Ltd are on the move after securing loan funding of £9.5 million from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Their Cradley Heath site was no longer fit…

    Read article →

  • The NASS Golf day & Summer Gathering 2023

    The NASS Golf day & Summer Gathering 2023

    On the 29th of June, Matt Tipper, Stewart Andrews and I had a swing of the clubs at Priory Breadsall in Derby. A week later, on the 6th of July, I attended the Summer Gathering in central Birmingham. Two entirely different events, seven days apart, both hosted by The National Association of Steel Service Centres…

    Read article →

  • The Stainless Steel Industry Meets at the BSSA Annual Conference & Dinner

    The Stainless Steel Industry Meets at the BSSA Annual Conference & Dinner

    The British Stainless Steel Association (BSSA) met at The Grand Hotel in Birmingham in May 2023 for their annual conference and dinner. Having attended the last four BSSA annual conferences and this year’s Food and Beverage Industry event (link to article), it was great to catch up with familiar faces from the industry and new…

    Read article →

  • Q2 Review: Analysing The Recruitment Landscape

    Q2 Review: Analysing The Recruitment Landscape

    Large corporate companies are facing challenges attracting new talent and retaining skilled staff especially when their salary structures, work flexibility and staff benefits are outdated compared to smaller, more agile SMEs. Smaller companies can have the advantage of being able to offer more flexibility and quicker decision-making, meaning they’re a more appealing option for certain…

    Read article →

  • How to use LinkedIn for YOUR Metal Business.

    How to use LinkedIn for YOUR Metal Business.

    The below presentation was given at the National Association of Steel Service Centres (NASS) 2023 Summer Gathering. In 12 days I’ll have been using LinkedIn for 12 years! On the day I joined I thought: “Wow! This business Facebook thingy is incredible! Everyone I want to do business with is right here, this will be…

    Read article →

  • Leading the Charge: Steel Dynamics in the Nuclear Industry

    Leading the Charge: Steel Dynamics in the Nuclear Industry

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently unveiled the Great British Nuclear initiative, marking a significant milestone in the UK’s pursuit of a sustainable energy future. With nuclear power playing a crucialrole in achieving net-zero emissions and reducing greenhouse gases, this announcement signals a remarkable leap forward in the nation’s commitment to clean and reliable energy sources.…

    Read article →

  • Steel Dynamics Group Ltd. Acquires Ferrari Stainless & Alloys.

    Steel Dynamics Group Ltd. Acquires Ferrari Stainless & Alloys.

    Steel Dynamics Group Ltd. Acquires Ferrari Stainless & Alloys Ltd. Launching P&P Non Ferrous: A Gateway to Enhanced Customer Services and Expansion Down South In a strategic move to bolster its position in the industry, Steel Dynamics Group Ltd. proudly announces the successful acquisition of Ferrari Stainless & Alloys Ltd. in Wimborne. This transformative development…

    Read article →

  • Sustainability is key to modern manufacturing

    Sustainability is key to modern manufacturing

    During my time supplying specialist metals into the manufacturing sector, I have noticed several things regarding the supply chain local to me in South Yorkshire. 1 Large Manufacturing companies often have difficult onboarding processes.  This makes it difficult for smaller SMES or new market entrants to be able to supply them. 2 Manufacturing companies are…

    Read article →

  • Lasers: The Tesla of Tooling

    Lasers: The Tesla of Tooling

    Welcome back, I’m LaserEd, and I work with lasers. I’ll be laser-educating for The Metal Magazine and I hope it results in more metal parts being lasered! First of all, I haven’t had an accident after writing my last article about Laser Safety. I have been busy researching. Although it is time consuming, I love…

    Read article →

  • Implementing QMS Certifications for Small Businesses and Start-Up Companies

    Implementing QMS Certifications for Small Businesses and Start-Up Companies

    Welcome to the fourth and final instalment of this short series on Quality Management System certification for small businesses and start-up companies. In this 4 part series I have been explaining exactly what third-party certification involves, and how you can level up your business through this process. The standard we are focussing on is ISO9001:2015, as…

    Read article →

Get notified when we publish new articles!

Want to feature in the next edition?